10 September 2006
Lausitzring Race Ends in Disappointment for Tunstall
Tom Tunstall left the tenth round of the World Supersport championship at Lausitz,
in Germany a disappointed man after tyre problems prevented him the chance of
securing championship points. Tom, riding the Hardinge Ice Valley Motorsport
Honda CBR600RR arrived in Germany in positive mood after his strong ride in
Assen last weekend, but excessive tyre wear made it impossible for Tom to show
what he was capable of.
Qualifying for the 23 lap World Supersport race took place in dry, sunny conditions
and with no previous knowledge of the technical German track, Tom and the Hardinge
Ice Valley Motorsport team worked hard to find the optimum set-up for the bike.
Despite numerous changes and improvements to the bike set-up, which enabled
Tom to slash nearly five seconds off his time from the opening practice session
to final qualifying, Tom was left down in 30th place.
Tom elected to make a further change to the Hardinge Ice Valley Motorsport Honda
CBR600RR for the morning warm-up and again for the race, in an effort to improve
the bike. From the eighth row of the grid, Tom made a brilliant start and decided
to run around the outside of the 36 strong grid through the fast turn one. His
commitment paid off and Tom was able to pick up a handful of places on the opening
Unfortunately with just eight laps complete, Tom began to lose rear wheel grip
and soon began spinning up the rear tyre on the Hardinge Ice Valley Motorsport
Honda CBR600RR. The experienced 27 year old was able to adjust his riding style,
but ten laps later the tyre was still losing grip and Tom was forced to enter
the pits to change the tyre, ruining any chance of a point scoring finish.
"We tested a number of tyre options for the race and decided to go with
the slightly harder option because it gave me a little more stability. I felt
we had a good set-up, but eight laps in to the race and the tyre went off and
the bike started moving around a lot. I tried to continue to race and I was
riding as smoothly as possible but in the end I had to pull in to the pits to
change it," explained Tom.
"It's been a tough weekend all in all. The track seems hard to set the
bike up for and with no previous knowledge of the place it took us a long time
to get the bike competitive. We've made some good progress with the bike though
and our times have been improving all weekend, it's just a shame we never got
the chance to really go for it in the race due to the lack of grip," he
Tom and the Hardinge Ice Valley Motorsport team now have a two week break until
the penultimate round of the 2006 championship at the famous Imola circuit in
Italy on 29th September to 1st October 2006.